The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival that takes place at Daecheon Beach in Boryeing for over a period of two weeks in the month of July. Boryeing is a town that’s located around 200 km south of Seoul, South Korea.
Every year, more than 3 million visitors – in and out of Korea – descend to the beach to partake in this mud fest. This year will mark the 16th Mud Festival; and will be held from 19 to 28 July, 2013.
How did it all begin?
Back in the ‘90s, the people of Boryeong discovered that the sediment in the mudflats is wonderful for the skin. The mud is considered to be rich in minerals. So, they developed a range of cosmetic products out of it. To promote the products, they held an event – an event to convince the public that it was indeed OK to rub the mud on the face and body.
It was soon discovered that the mud is more lucrative as a tourist attraction than using it (the muddy fields) for agriculture. The Festival has grown incredibly popular ever since – attracting lots of international visitors.
What exactly is the event all about?
For the event, the mud near Boryeong is dug up, trucked to the Daecheon Beach area, and dumped at a ‘Mud Experience Land’.
The fun then begins with the introduction of pools of mud, slides, mud paints, wrestling pits, inflatable bounce obstacles courses, as well as other contests and games. Then there’s the mud prison for those who want to serve (mock) jail time!
At sunset, the beach comes alive under the stars with the festival-goers cooling off from the daytime’s exciting events. Music, singing, dancing, street parades, cultural performances, concerts and fireworks display on the beach follow all through the night.
There’s no restriction for the fest; everyone can participate in the mud marathons. From sliding down a hundred foot super mud slide to wrestling competitions to mud body-painting contest and mud sculpture contest, there’s just so many things you can partake in. Talk about having a good, clean erm… dirty fun!
Highlights for 2013
For this year's event, a huge mud tub, various mud slides, coloured mud zone, mud attack, mud fountain and a lot more mud activities await you.
Are ya ready to get dirty? It’s going to be MUDTASTIC!